Old Man Rafferty’s tackles New Brunswick
By: Morgan-Rae Ciani
In downtown New Brunswick, many restaurants have become famous to the community and too many others in the tristate area. Stuff Yer Face on Easton Avenue is known for its amazing strombolis and then, right down the road, there’s Harvest Moon, but if you make your way down to Albany Street you’ll find one of the most well-known restaurants to the community, Old Man Rafferty’s.
Rafferty’s opened in 1984 as a small sandwich shop and eventually grew into the restaurant, which seats 300 people, and bar. Old Man Rafferty’s is solely operated by Mark Jakubowski who resides in Hillsborough where he has a second Rafferty’s location.
When the New Brunswick location opened, Jakubowski wanted to be able to attract the entire community. According to Restaurant Manager Rachel Webb, the founders loved that Rutgers and Johnson & Johnson were right around the corner and the restaurant attracts people from all walks of life.
“We attract all types of people from all over, even New York and Pennsylvania, and other surrounding states as well. We get a lot of students, teachers, doctors, kids of all ages,” said Webb. She also said that Rafferty’s loves being part of the community. They are grateful for the support they receive and like to return the favor — like by supporting the local State Theatre, providing catering to many of Rutgers’ events, and so much more.
Patrons can come in and find anything from a Cobb salad to broccoli bacon bites to classic deli sandwiches like the BLT. Then, if you make your way to entrees menu, you’ll find amazing items that are unique to Rafferty’s.
One unique dish is the Chicken Elizabeth consisting of pan-roasted chicken breast, layered with country ham, and Fontina cheese, topped with a white wine, shallot, tomato and mushroom pan sauce, and served with house-made potato croquettes and sautéed broccolini. The Chicken Elizabeth dish cost only $20.95 and the menu offers many different options ranging from just under $8 to the most expensive item at $25.95.
Rafferty’s caters to all tastes Webb said. “We want people to know OMR is a great staple in New Brunswick. We always have fresh foods made to order, great employees willing and eager to please customers, and a delightful dessert case to choose from. Our menu is an array of different things so everyone can find something to order and if not, we can make it up, no problem.”
Old Man Rafferty’s in New Brunswick is located at 106 Albany Street right at the intersection of Albany and George Street. You can go on their website, OldManRaffertys.com, and find a copy of all their menus, information about party packages and catering, and so much more.